The 5 Best Oil-Based Cleansers For Every Skin Type

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* Easily dissolves and removes makeup without over-drying the skin
* Products that won’t lead to breakouts or excess oil
* Use as part of double cleanse routine or alone

Oil-based makeup removers and cleansers are one of the most effective and gentlest ways to remove all traces of makeup (even the most stubborn waterproof mascara) and thoroughly cleanse the skin without over-drying. Oil-based cleansers are great for all skin types (they can even work on oily skin) and are made up of a blend of skin-nourishing oils that not only dissolve makeup and dirt but work to deeply penetrate the pores to remove the bad oils and bacteria.

It may sound counter-intuitive, but cleansers with oil actually help to maintain and balance the skin’s natural oil levels, leaving the complexion balanced, flawless and nourished. When using these cleansers, make sure to start with dry hands and work it gently over your face to dissolve makeup and impurities. You will next add water to emulsify the oil into a milky fluid that will dissolve completely away leaving skin clean and hydrated.

Keep reading for some of our favorite ways to remove makeup and cleanse the skin all while leaving you with a glowing, more radiant complexion.

1. Kose Softymo Cleansing Oil

Kose Cosmesport Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil quickly removes all traces of makeup including stubborn and waterproof mascaras. This makeup remover includes organic oils such as sunflower seed and jojoba to provide moisture to the skin while efficiently removing sebum and debris that can clog pores.

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2. Organys Deep Cleansing Oil and Makeup Remover

The Organys Deep Cleansing Oil and Makeup Remover not only completely dissolves all makeup effectively, it also dissolves impurities and dirt while deeply cleansing inside the pores. Ideal for all skin types, this cleanser cleans the skin without stripping it of essential oils, and the unique water-soluble formula doesn’t leave behind an oily residue, so it will not contribute to breakouts.

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3. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

The Deep Cleansing Oil by DHC is a leading (1 is sold every 10 seconds worldwide) olive oil-based facial cleanser rich in vitamins and antioxidants to thoroughly dissolve makeup without leaving any oily residue behind. The cleanser will break down the most stubborn of makeup, and it emulsifies into a cleansing milk when rinsed off.

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4. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery line is full of skin care products that work their anti-aging magic overnight. The Botanical Cleansing Oil is an essential part of this collection as it gently yet effectively dissolves all makeup and impurities without over-drying. Enriched with an aromatic blend of pure botanical oils, this is an all-in-one cleanser that will leave skin clean, soothed and prepped for optimal night-time replenishment.

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5. Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil

Tatcha’s Camellia Cleansing Oil is your one-step, two-in-one makeup remover and cleanser that works to gently melt away impurities and remove waterproof makeup. This luxurious facial oil contains camellia which was an ancient Geisha secret used to remove their iconic stage makeup without drying or damaging the skin. Vitamins and omegas 3, 6 and 9 complete the formula to leave your skin balanced, hydrated and nourished.

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